The Hockliffe Collection

The University of Bedfordshire has a unique collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century children's literature. The Hockliffe Collection contains in excess of a thousand children's books which date from between 1685 and the early twentieth century. Most of the books in the collection were published between 1740 and 1840.

The Hockliffe Collection is held in closed access at Bedford Campus Library, Room Q0.10.  Up to 50% of the collection may be accessed digitally. You may browse the entire catalogue here:

However, access to items from the physical collection is by appointment only.  Please submit requests to consult Hockliffe items for research to Karen Davies at

View guidance on handling items from the Hockliffe Collection [PDF]

Please submit requests to use Hockliffe items outside the Reading Room to the University Librarian:

If you have any enquiries about access, please contact Sarah Arkle, Head of Reader Services: